Meet our school staff


"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."

Proverbs 22:6


  • principal

    Mrs. Lyles

    M.A., Ca teaching Credential, 15 years teaching experience

    "I have wanted to be a teacher since I was five years old.  I've had awesome teachers who inspired me along my journey and I love being able to pass that passion along to my students. I graduated with my Bachelors degree at California State University, Long Beach and received my California Credential at California State University, Fullerton. I earned my Master of Arts degree at Concordia University, Irvine. I have been teaching at Zion for fifteen years, and I love it!"

    (714) 535-3600 Ext. 508

    elyles@zionanaheim.org


  • Mrs. Justice - Kindergarten

    b.a., ca tEACHING cREDENTIAL, 9 yEARS tEACHING EXPERIENCE

    "I had the opportunity to teach many grade levels as a substitute teacher for one year after graduation from California state University, Long Beach.  I received my Bachelors Degree and my CA Teaching Credentials in 2011.  When I started the teaching program I knew I wanted to teach Kindergarten.  I was able to work with all different age groups as a Substitute Teacher, but there was always a special place in my heart for Kindergartners.  I ave been so blessed to have watched the growth of my Kindergarten students here at Zion and will continue to do my best guiding them toward success."


    (714) 535-3600 Ext. 510

    bjustice@zionanaheim.org

    Kindergarten Web Page


  • Mrs. tordil - 1st grade

    M.s., ca teaching credential, 10 years teaching experience


    "I feel so blessed to be able to teach at Zion this year. I take such joy in being able to inspire my students to grow in their knowledge and faith each day. I am looking forward to getting to know all of my students and to help them grow in the skills that will make them successful this year.

    As a student, I attended Zion Lutheran for elementary school, Orange Lutheran for high school and I received my college degree and teaching credential from California Sate University Fullerton.

    I had an amazing experience at Zion as a student and love being a part of making Zion a great place for the students of today.


    (714) 535-3600 Ext. 404

    gtordil@zionanaheim.org


  • Mrs. Cristea

    B.A, M.A 5 years Teaching experience

    Hello wonderful families! I am excited to be your second grade teacher!

    This will be my fifth year teaching. I earned my Bachelor’s degree at California State University, Fullerton in 2007 and my Master’s degree and multiple subject teaching credential at Whittier College in 2009. I have spent the last five years creating books and classroom materials, and I look forward to sharing the joy of learning with my students.

    I feel very fortunate to work alongside such dedicated and warm-hearted teachers. Zion Lutheran is such a wonderful place, and I look forward to being a part of such a welcoming community.

    (714) 535-3600 Ext. 404

    ncristea@zionanaheim.org

  • Mrs. Christine

    B.A, M.A. 16 Years Teaching Experience



    As a student, I attended St. John’s Elementary School, Orange Lutheran High School, Hope International for my Bachelor’s, and Concordia University for my Master’s. 

    In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer, tennis, baking, and traveling with my family.

    I am excited to join the Zion family this year, as the third grade teacher.

    (714) 535-3600 Ext. 410

    christined@zionanaheim.org

  • Miss Root - 4th grade

    M.A., CA Teaching Credential, 3 years teaching Experience

    I am a product of the Lutheran school system - attended Christ Lutheran, Orange Lutheran, and received my teaching credential from Concordia University, Irvine. Teaching in a Lutheran school seemed natural to me.  I love being able to form positive relationships with students, helping them to learn and grow, and most importantly sharing the word of God with them.  I was first introduced to Zion Lutheran when I student taught in Mrs. Tordil’s first grade class in October 2017.  After student teaching; I moved to Kent, Washington to take my first call where I taught a 3rd and 4th-grade combination class.  I had such a fun, positive student teaching experience and I am equally honored and excited to return to Zion and be part of an amazing community.


    (714) 535-3600 Ext. 507

    smroot@zionanaheim.org


  • Mrs. Marinaccio- 5th/6th Grade

    m.a., CA TEACHING CREDENTIAL, 5 YEARS TEACHING EXPERIENCE

    "I have been serving at Zion for the past 5 years. I graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in English and a Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential. I am currently working on my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. I teach Second Grade and the Fifth Grade Grammar and Writing classes. I help coach the 5th-6th and 7th-8th Girls' Basketball teams, and I am the coach for the 4th-5th Grade Battle of the Books team. I love reading, watching movies, and hiking as often as I can. I can't wait to hear about all of the things you love to do too!"

    (714) 535-3600 Ext. 405

    nmarinaccio@zionanaheim.org



  • miss stewart - 7th/8th grade

    b.a., ca teaching credential, 20 years teaching experience

    Girls Athletic Director

    "I have had the privilege of attending Lutheran schools my whole life. I attended Prince of Peace Lutheran (Anaheim), Lutheran High School of Orange, and Concordia University Irvine. I received my Bachelors Degree from Concordia University. I began teaching here at Zion in 1998 as one of the 3rd grade teachers. In 2001, I moved up into the Jr. High, where I have had the opportunity to see the students grow into young adults. As a student, I knew teaching was something that I would love to do because of incredible teachers that I had in school. I feel honored and blessed to be here at Zion for so many years."

    (714) 535-3600 Ext. 506

    astewart@zionanaheim.org

    6th, 7th & 8th Grade Web Page

  • Mrs. Johnson - 7th/8th Grade

    B.A., MN Teaching Credentials, 7 Years Teaching Experience

    I am so excited to serve in my new role here at Zion. I have served at Zion the past six years as a substitute teacher and have greatly enjoyed being part of the Zion family! Last year, I also added resource tutor to responsibilities and I am excited that I can continue to serve in this role. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in St. Paul, where I developed my passions for teaching others about Jesus and sharing my love for books.

    (714) 535-3600 Ext. 505

    ajohnson@zionanaheim.org


  • Mrs. McLellan - School Secretary

    (714) 535-3600 Ext. 400

    ymclellan@zionanaheim.org

  • Mrs. Nadeau - Registar/ facts tuition

    (714) 535-3600 Ext. 402

    anadeau@zionanaheim.org

  • Mrs. Jacobson - sac/sdc Director

    (714) 535-3600 Ext. 501

    ajacobson@zionanaheim.org